NFL returns in New York, on September 6

Yes, the 2011 season has ended.  But we now know that the 2012 season will launch at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, September 6.

That night, the Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants will host the first real game of the new campaign, hosting the Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Saints, Bucs, Packers, Steelers, or Browns.

Rarely if ever does the opening game feature a division rivalry.  So chances are it’ll be the Steelers, Saints, or Packers.

We’ll find out at some point before the draft.  Either way, it can’t get here soon enough.

54 responses to “NFL returns in New York, on September 6

  1. Ant that mean I will have 7 months of heavy PFT reading to do before I shut you off for the regular season. Thanks for the work you do…during the off season.

  2. Cannot get here soon enough, the NBA is kind of sloppy this year and baseball is always boring.

    As for NY, Eli seems like a class act, he was bad in the beginning of his career but worked to get where he is. However the people of NY – Jets and Giants fans are obnoxious.

  3. I am just glad that we have an off-season that will focus on Free Agents, Draft, and player trades instead of Lockouts

  4. Packers. The revenge tour begins for the eventual 2012 champs, starting with the unbelievably lucky Giants and Elisha.

  5. No dum dum. The Redskins have opened up against the Giants at least 3 times in last 5 years. It’s likely the Skins/Giants will open up with each other.

    Here’s something to write about.
    Redskins new QB Peyton Manning
    Eli (week 1).

    You heard it here first.

    Redskins (2-0) vs. GIANTS in 2011.

  6. Packers vs Giants

    You could tell Aaron Rodgers wanted to slap Costas in the face during pregame every time he would say, “you know this guy beside me, Aaron Rodgers, would’ve liked to be playing today in the Super Bowl.”

  7. Don’t the Giants play the 49ers next season too (since the 49ers finished first in the NFC West, like the Giants finished first in the NFC East, and all 1st place teams in their conference play each other)? I think Giants vs. 49ers should and will be the opener.

  8. Are you guys kidding? It will be Giants-Cowboys on September 6th. NBC had both matchups last season and had record ratings. No way they walk away from that, especially since NY wouldn’t have even made the playoffs if Dallas had not blown a 12 point 4th quarter lead to lose the first matchup.

  9. It’s pretty amazing that the schedules lined up so that the 3 teams that won the Super Bowl between 2008 and 2012 (Steelers, Saints, Packers) all play at the Giants next season. They couldn’t have planned that better if they tried.

  10. It’ll be the Packers. I doubt the NFL wants to risk an opening day beat down like the ones the Saints have put on the Giants for the last 2 years.

  11. giants vs 49ers will not be the opener for the simple fact the giants will open the season at home like all the previous sb champs and they play the 49ers in SF therefore it cant be the opener so itll probably be the packers but im hoping its the cowgirls or eagles

  12. I am so glad that next season will be starting on time, unlike this past season, when the greedy owners and players delayed the season by……….oh, wait, never mind.

    Hopefully some of the millions of fans who boycotted the season like they all swore they would do will come back…..oh, wait, never mind.

    Move along, nothing to see here.

  13. Just seven months till kickoff!!!

    NFL will probably go Packers-Giants but I’d save the big NFC games for later in the season and go Steelers-Giants…two top NFL franchises one AFC, one NFC.

    Congrats to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants!!!

  14. At least this is a story about something that will happen in only 7 months. Eli’s HOF candidacy isn’t for 10-15 years and PFT is already hot on the case.

  15. What about when the Giants hosted the Redskins the last time they won it? Rarely “if ever” though right?

  16. Real football is COLTS football. Bring on the Horse. You could always have the Manning now team vs. Manning past team. I’m just sayin’.

  17. You must mean the Thursday night opening game rarely if ever includes division rivalries. The NFL opening day had 8 games against division rivalries just this past season. The Thursday night game is basically an NFL sponsored pep rally for the defending champions and division rivals don’t exactly see that as a fair divisional home/away game. The NFL isn’t going to have a pep rally for the Cowboys when the Giants play there. However, while some teams may think its a competitive disadvantage Jerry Jones may love to have that spotlight.

  18. Should be the Steelers with both QB’s from the 2004 draft class, both with 2 rings…however Goodell will make it the Packers and will have the fat guy in the discount double check commercials on the sidelines, throwing off his cheeshead and wearing a METLIFE Shirt!

  19. I can not wait to see stubborn Reid with the same bad decesions. Wonder what Jason Pieere Paul they will pass on this year?. Wonder which under sized Def End (Brandon Grahm) they will move up to take? Wonder which players he will play out of position. Wonder which medicor 28 year old he will take in the first round? Wonder who will be the next Stacy Andrews? Wonder who will be the next Jerome McDougal? Im sick of the Laurel and Hardy show. Laurie and Reid. NY Giants win 2 Super Bowls in 4 years. Laurie “Andy Reid is the coach to take us to the Super Bowl” Wake Up

  20. could someone please fill me in on how we know which divisions teams play next year already? who will the nfc north play?

  21. desmondbishoptutu says:
    Feb 5, 2012 11:04 PM
    Packers. The revenge tour begins for the eventual 2012 champs, starting with the unbelievably lucky Giants and Elisha.
    Its no wonder why the packer fanbase ranks in the top 3 as one of the most annoying fanbases around. The packers delusion bubble burst and the Giants were the ones holding the pin. The packers were blatantly exposed by not only the Giants but also the Chiefs. Get over it already!

  22. contra74 says:Feb 6, 2012 5:23 PM
    “Its no wonder why the packer fanbase ranks in the top 3 as one of the most annoying fanbases around. The packers delusion bubble burst and the Giants were the ones holding the pin. The packers were blatantly exposed by not only the Giants but also the Chiefs. Get over it already!”

    says the guy that can’t get over the fact his team has done nothing since existing…. try trash talking with fellow dweller fanbases like the jags or bills… you’re not in the Packer’s league, only one that should be trashing on the Packers are the Giants/or chiefs.

  23. It’ll be the Pack. America’s Team goes into NY & gets payback from the playoff game last January on their quest to 19-0 & their 2nd Lombardi in 3 years.

  24. I would think it would be the Packers. That would be the best ratings. GB is the favorite to win the SB next year and they will be looking for revenge. TT knows his defense was exposed this year and will try to address that in the early rounds of the draft.

    Gotta give Eli props though…..he is one clutch QB. He has now outshined both Favre and Rodgers at Lambeau…..and Brady twice in the big game. He is certainly one of the best in the game right now. The only guy I would take over him is Rodgers.

  25. Rarely? Really? The last time they one they opened against the ‘Skins’, I will never forget Strahan stepping out of an oversized model of the Super Bowl trophy, holding the real one just before the game started.

    I hope we (the Skins), don’t have to open there again, the crowd was fired up, the team was fired up. It was a smart move the Giants for sure.

    I personally would love to see Eagles-Giants, considering last year it would be a match of of the all-hype team vs. the no hype team. Like the Skins last year were picked by many to no have a chance, well they did it. 9-7 won the Super Bowl, maye the Skins aren’t so far away…..maybe

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